We are celebrating the partnership of Cricut and Simplicity!

A Match Made in Heaven: Cricut and Simplicity

August 11, 2017 • Contributor: The Cricut Team

Along with the unveiling of the Cricut Maker, our revolutionary machine that will greatly expand your crafting possibilities, we are incredibly pleased to announce our new partnership with Simplicity. Since 1927, they have provided printed patterns that opened up the world of sewing to many more people. Instead of having to figure out how to create their own design, crafters could now just pick up one by Simplicity. Many used these patterns to sew their own clothes, decorate the home, and even open businesses that helped them provide for their families.

Traditionally, sewing involves several time-consuming steps just to get your fabric ready.

  • First, you cut out the pattern included in the envelope. Since there can be several sizes included, you have to make sure you get the right one and find all of the pieces.
  • Next, you get to pin it to your fabric, making sure you place it just right to use the least amount of fabric and keep it on the grain (the direction the threads run in the fabric) lest it stretch out while you're trying to sew.
  • The third step is to cut it all out. You have to keep your hand steady and follow the pattern exactly.
  • Finally, you unpin everything and put the pattern away. Naturally, it's difficult to ever get it to fit back into the envelope again.

Welcome to the Future of Sewing

With this new partnership, cutting out your fabric is a breeze! Simply go into Design Space, choose the Simplicity pattern that you wish to make, and place the fabric onto the mat according to the directions. The Cricut Maker will take care of the cutting for you! Put in one of our new washable fabric pens and it will also mark up how the different pieces should go together.

The world of sewing is poised to grow exponentially! Check out some of the ways:

  • Parents can teach their children how to sew at an early age.
  • Crafters who had to give up cutting out fabric due to injury or illness can enjoy their favorite hobby again.
  • People who were previously intimidated by the intricacies of sewing can be emboldened to give it a try.
  • Small sewing business owners can streamline their production.

Check out some of the cute patterns that we already have up and keep watching for the hundreds that we will be adding as we continue to work with Simplicity.

Imagine making clothes for your children, starting with this adorable jumper that is trimmed with ric rac.

Or perhaps you'd like to make pants and a belt for a toddler.

Need a cute top for a hot summer day? Make your own cropped corset.

Don't forget the family pet! Go steampunk with this dog hat with gears.

Simplicity offers more than clothing, of course. This gingerbread man ornament would be a perfect holiday project to do with your children.

We are so excited for the opportunity to bring digital versions of Simplicity's patterns to the sewing world and can't wait to see what you make!

What is your favorite new Simplicity pattern in Design Space? Which ones do you want to see added? Tell us in the comments below!

Meet the new Cricut Maker

Cricut Maker is Here!

August 2, 2017 • Contributor: The Cricut Team

Over the past eleven years, we’ve watched with wonder as you’ve utilized Cricut’s suite of machines, tools, software, and materials to turn your creative dreams into amazing, awe-inspiring realities.

Today marks a milestone for the Cricut brand as we introduce you to three revolutionary new products...

Meet the new Cricut Maker

Cricut Maker,™ the ultimate smart cutting machine, featuring never-before-seen technology in the desktop maker space. It cuts more materials, incorporates more tools, and offers you more possibilities than ever before.

The Cricut Easy Press will help you succeed with your iron on projects

Cricut Easy Press™, a home heat press that focuses on professional iron-on results, a large heating surface, simple controls for heating on different materials, and thoughtful safety features.

The Cricut BrightPad will help you weed your projects better!

Cricut BrightPad™, offering a thin, light, and evenly bright surface to make things like weeding vinyl, artist tracing, and jewelry making easier and more enjoyable.

We are so excited about all of our new products and will be sharing tutorials and information about them in the coming weeks.

But First, Meet Cricut Maker

With Cricut Maker, you’ll now be able to cut hundreds of materials with precision and ease. You’ll have access to the revolutionary Adaptive Tool System™, an expandable suite of tools that grows with you as you master each new craft.

We’ve modernized the sewing process with the Cricut Rotary Blade, which enables you to quickly and accurately cut fabric directly on the Cricut mat without any backing material. Create beautiful sewing projects with any fabric of your choice, from silk to lace, and even burlap, in mere seconds, all with incredible ease. And you’ll love using our new Knife Blade, which seamlessly cuts through chipboard, balsa wood, thick leathers and more.

But with more tools, we also want to bring you more project inspiration, and so we’re thrilled to now offer a digital sewing pattern library, directly in Design Space, where you can access hundreds of patterns, all available to cut instantly, from quilts to clothing, to stuffed animals and baby clothes. We partnered with Simplicity, the leader in sewing patterns for nearly a century, to offer hundreds of sewing patterns directly in Design Space. You can also find amazing modern Riley Blake Designs quilt patterns in our suite of patterns as well. Find some of your old favorites, and so many new patterns to love.

The Cricut Maker builds upon the Explore Air 2 with the introduction of the new Adaptable Tool System™. With the Cricut Maker, you can use the Cricut Fine Point, Deep Cut, new Rotary and Knife Blades interchangeably to expand your creative possibilities.

For more information on our new Cricut Maker and , as well as our entire family of products, visit Cricut.com.

Cricut Maker will be available August 20 for $399 in popular craft retail stores and on Cricut.com. The Knife Blade will be sold separately and hit stores and Cricut.com in October.

We simply cannot wait to see what you create with the Cricut Maker. We'd love to hear from you, in advance of Cricut Maker hitting shelves, what you hope to create first. Given the new freedom of creativity this machine allows, we just know you’re going to make something you really love.

With much appreciation,
The Cricut Team

Design Space 3 for Cricut is now out of beta!

Out with the Old and In with the New!

July 12, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

The time has come to say goodbye to the old software and embrace the new Design Space! We are so excited to announce that the new Design Space is officially leaving the beta stage behind.

As we make this switch there are a few things you should know in order to have the best Design Space experience possible.

For those of you who have not yet switched, it’s a straightforward process:

To answer a few of the questions that have come up:

Why are we changing Design Space?

As many of you have probably experienced, Flash has increasingly been a source of problems in Design Space, causing crashes, requiring constant updates, and leading to slow performance overall. These problems were actually connected to a much bigger issue: Flash itself had become obsolete as a web technology. Due to this problem, we decided to rebuild Design Space from the ground up WITHOUT Flash. The result is an experience that is much faster, more responsive, and more reliable.

While we were at it, we took the opportunity to make improvements to the Design Space interface as well, including a new setup process, a new Home screen, an intuitive new Canvas screen (where you design your project), a big new font menu, and convenient project search.

Even more importantly, we built the new Design Space so that we can improve it more readily in the future, without having to rebuild it again.

What is the status of right-click functionality and Canvases from the old Design Space?

We are currently working on both of these features and you will be the first to know when they are ready!

What is the best way to let Cricut know about any problems?

If you notice something not working right, go to the drop-down menu in the upper left corner of the Design Space home screen, click on the Feedback link at the bottom, and tell us about it! Your feedback only helps us create a better experience for you.

What operating system does the new Design Space require?

  • Windows® 8 or later. Visit the Microsoft support center <https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/311047/how-to-keep-your-windows-computer-up-to-date> for more information.
  • Mac® OS X 10.11 or later. Visit the Apple support center <https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201541> for details.

What if I need help?

Glad you asked. We have chat support available 24 hours a day during the week, as well as during day hours on the weekends. We also have extended phone support hours during the week. We’ll do everything we can to make this transition as pain-free as possible.

Now that your pre-design space experience checklist is complete, you are ready to spread those creative wings and fly. Remember the sky is the limit.

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A Home Screen To Write Home About

May 12, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

You may not actually write home about it, but we think it is a home run. Our main goal with this new home screen layout was to give you a more personal experience. Now when you open Design Space, the first row of projects that you see are your own. You are the star of this homepage, and of your own creative journey. To help you along we have also included rows of projects with different themes. There is a row for new projects, vinyl projects, iron-on projects, projects that relate to the season of the year or an upcoming holiday.

 

DS Tutorial

 

We have also simplified the layout. From the menu in the left hand corner you can setup your new machine, manage your account, and even find out new features or go to our help center. You can also go to your current canvas from the menu as well.

 

DS Tutorial

 

Starting a new project is fairly simple as well. You can open a new canvas by clicking the green “New Projects” button up in the right hand corner, or by clicking the “New Projects” tile in the “My Projects” row.

DS Tutorial

all we love the easy of navigation this new homescreen offers.

Have you had a chance to go play with the new Design Space beta yet? If so, tell us in the comments what you think! 

Check out the new homescreen and many other amazing features here.

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The Perfect Mate For Your Cricut

May 1, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

No craft room is complete without a place to store your most prized crafting possession, your Cricut Machine. Whether your craft room is stationary or portable, having a place to store your Cricut Machine is a must. Enter the Cricut Machine tote. This Tote is beautiful. Unlike many other craft totes out there, it has a sturdy frame and side to protect your favorite cutting machine.

 

Machine Tote

 

This bag also has leather straps and is so durable. It even has a strap on the back to attach it to your brand-new rolling tote as well.

 

Machine Tote

Mmmm, matching heaven. I am just going to leave this here for you drool over. I know I am.

 

 

Check out all of our amazing Cricut Totes and Bags here. Tell us all your favorite craft supplies that you'd put in your Cricut tote bags in the comments below! #CricutMade 

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Cricut CEO (ashish arora) Addresses The Evolution of Design Space

April 28, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut CEO ashish arora

Dear Cricut Users,

Our team has been super busy developing the next generation of Design Space. We know how engaged you are in Design Space – millions of projects are created and cut on Cricut machines every month and that number is growing rapidly.

In the new Design Space, the team has truly delivered a product that is beautiful both inside and out. We have not only designed an elegant interface, but also rebuilt it from the ground up with better technology and infrastructure. Importantly, we have removed Flash from the equation to deliver some key benefits in speed, responsiveness and overall experience – this means shockwave errors are a thing of the past. With this transition, you can now tackle more complex projects with ease.

Today I am excited to announce that you can officially go test out the new and improved Design Space software in Beta for PC and Mac on design.cricut.com. We know how excited you are for this update, which is why we could not wait any longer to share our progress.

Our Cricut Quality team has worked extensively to test the software in collaboration with a community of over 1000 consumer Beta testers and address issues. However, we do realize that opening this new software up to our broader customer base in Beta form may unearth other issues we will need to resolve – but we are committed to resolving those issues as fast as possible to give you the best experience. To make the transition smooth from previous Design Space versions to the new software, we are going to keep previous versions running parallel for two months after the Beta is complete. All of your existing projects will be transferred over to the new Design Space at that time so you won’t lose any of your designs.   

You can find more Design Space resources on Cricut Learn and keep an eye out on YouTube and our blog for hands-on tutorials. While Design Space will have new features and a better overall experience, there are a few things that we know you love that will stay the same such as Cricut Access – our subscription service that gives you access to create with over 30,000 projects, images and fonts.

I encourage you all to go into the new Design Space beta and tell us what you think. We have created a feedback section in the drop-down menu within Design Space where you can share your feedback that our Customer Service team will monitor. 

Your passion for making and the Cricut brand is what motivates us every single day. Thank you for your patience as we work to give you more tools and amazing experiences. We hope you enjoy the new Design Space as much as we do.  

ashish

 

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Let Me See You Cricut Roll

April 19, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

This is how I roll…

Okay, if we are being completely honest with ourselves, we have all experienced that moment when we have one too many rolls of vinyl to fit in the plastic JoAnn or Michaels bag where we have been storing all our Cricut items for the past several months…or maybe it is just me. Either way, it is still a struggle to store everything and then drag it over to a craft night your friend is hosting.

Well, wish granted.  I would like to introduce to you the Cricut Rolling Craft Tote.  This tote is the on-the-go crafters dream.

It’s sleek, it’s modern, it even has multidirectional wheels for heaven sakes (we all know those are the best kind)!

With its multiple compartments, pockets, and detachable storage keeping things organized and portable has never been easier. In fact, it was specifically designed to hold your vinyl, iron-on, paper, Cuttlebug (p.s. if you don’t know what that is you should definitely consider it), your Cricut tools, and more.

 

Bag image

 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well if that is true than a video must be worth at least ten times that. Check out just how many project supplies we can fit into this one bag in the video below.

 

 

Crazy right? I will tell you one thing, I don’t need a huge craftroom when all that and the Cricut Craft Tote can fit in my closet.

So… When are you getting yours?!

Check out all of Cricut's bags and totes here

Mad for March Newness

Mad for March Newness

March 22, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

We are so excited for March and everything it brings. Here in Utah, it has brought the sunshine (Goodbye snow!!!), and at Cricut at has brought some awesome new materials to cut with as well as a few other fun things.

Throwback time…

I remember back to when I was in elementary school and everyone had folders and shoes and pencils that had this iridescent quality to them. It was so popular and it was everywhere. It faded as the years have progressed, but we are bringing it back.

Introducing our newest vinyl…

 

Holographic Vinyl

 

Blue, Pink, and Opal Holographic Vinyl. Perfect for the young and young at heart. Seriously though, check out these super cute projects our designers made with the vinyl. You can find this super cool vinyl on Cricut.com HERE!

 

Holographic Projects

Foiled Again…

If you followed along with all the products Cricut released last year, you saw a lot of Foils. There was Stainless Adhesive Foil, Metallic Adhesive Foil, Matte Adhesive Foil, and Foil Iron-on. Well Cricut is adding one more to the collection, Adhesive Stainless Foil in a beautiful brilliant red.

 

Foil

Words speak louder in color…

I don’t know about you, but I love the writing capabilities of the Explore machines. I also love to play around with different colors to give my projects just the right type of personality. That is why the new Ultimate Pen Set is perfect. It has 30 gorgeous colors for all your writing and drawing needs. You can buy this gorgeous set on Cricut.com HERE!

 

Cricut Pens

 

Speaking of writing, Cricut also released a brand-new Access font called Karley. This brush script font is so cute and fun.

 

 

Karley Font

I can’t wait to make a bunch of projects with it. I’m imagining everything in my whole house… Karley Font! Go get your Cricut Access (if you don't already have it) now to use this amazing font, and over 300+ beautiful options! 

So, I have to know, what combo of these new products are you going to be using on your next project. Tell me in the comments below and be sure keep checking back for more news and inspiration.

 

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You Asked, We Have Answers: Q&A With The Cricut Product Team

March 7, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Social Media Specialist Shelby Jones

We are getting so excited for all the amazing new features coming in Design Space 3. We know you're all patiently waiting for the release, so in the meantime, we want to answer as many top questions as we can. Below our product team answers some of the most asked questions about Design Space 3 ... 

Why are you coming out with a new color when we need new software?

We have a huge team of engineers working on the next revision of our software - Design Space 3. We have been working for 18 months and we have ambitious goals on the user experience.

The color of a machine is done in factories and these are driven by trends and user demand. There are over 2-3 million projects being done every month and many of those users are looking for new colors to upgrade.

The software is done by a software team and is a major effort. There are over 1200 users externally using Design Space 3. And we are polishing up the experience.

We also plan to do a sneak peek of Design Space 3 during the HSN airing. Once we feel that the software really delivers the enhanced experience that we are aiming for, we will launch.

Thanks and we appreciate your patience. (Ashish CEO)

What things are going to be fixed with the new software?

No more flash! That means no having to go in and update your flash plug in! We know - we are excited too!

Product Search - the ability to search projects within Design Space and Make It Now projects. Your dream project just got a whole lot easier to find!

No more tabs! Everything you need is already on your canvas screen. Ain’t nobody got time for searching through tabs - spend your time creating instead!

Ps - did we mention there will be a sneak peak of the new software on HSN? Viewing party anyone? (Cortney Haymond Product Marketing Manager)

Why do you only ship to US & Canada and why won’t Design Space subscriptions work outside the US and Canada?

Cricut currently services customers through retail partners in the US, Canadian and UK markets. We have been selectively adding other English-speaking countries around the world and are working to enable our subscription in those markets.

We are committed to helping our customers in current markets lead creative lives and will add additional countries when we can deliver the same experience to them. (Dale Pistilli VP of Marketing)

Will the new software work with my current machine?

The new updated Design Space will have the same machine capabilities as the current machine. So for anyone who has an Explore, Explore one, Explore Air, or Explore Air 2 Design Space will work with your machine.

I know some of you may be wondering whether or not you have to purchase a new machine to use the software, if you have a machine in the Explore family you do not. However just like the current Design Space the update will not work with machines that are older than the original Explore. So if you have been looking for a reason the upgrade, let me tell you, this update to Design Space is just the reason you have been searching for. (Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond)

Did we read your mind? Were these the questions you had? Which was your top question that you had?

Paper Floral Treatments

Tips & Tricks for Paper Floral Treatments (& A Surprise!)

March 2, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Our amazing design team just WOWed me with two huge floral projects. They took my breath away! I asked them about all the unique methods put into making it look so beautiful, and I’m going to give you a few of their awesome techniques that I never knew were possible before!

1. Inking

Inking

By using a small sponge with an ink pad, they were able to add bigger natural bang to this flower! The ink was used on the tips of the petals as well as the center.

2. Glitter Spray

Glitter Spray

Once they put the middle of the flower together, they added some amazing sparkle! Other alternative ideas to capture this essence would be to use glitter paper, glitter dip the flower parts, or even a thicker glitter glue.

3. Rhinestones

Rhinestones

Rhinestones, pearls, or buttons – oh my! There are so many different things you can use to spice up the center.  This flower was inked and then had a rhinestone glued to the center for a slight sparkle. 

4. Painting

Painting

Paint on the paper can really add a realistic touch to your flowers.

5. High-contrast paper colors

Colors

High-contrast paper colors. Using colors that pop against each other can also make a more dramatic impact to your flowers.

After all these magical tips, I’m sure your next question is what did it turn out looking like? Tune in to HSN on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 starting at 12am ET to see the entire project live! Visit our Facebook page for additional times to tune in.